Toshiba Recalls Overheating Laptop Computers For Faulty AC Adapter
The U.S. Product Safety Commission and Canada Health have announced a recall of Toshiba laptop computers. The models that are being recalled are the model T135, T135D and ProT130. The laptop computers have AC Adapters that could melt according to the recall announcement. Toshiba is aware of the problem and has issued a BIOS update. According to a recent article it also states that:
Though there have been no injuries reported, the CPSC said it received 129 reports of the computer cases melting and deforming, presenting a fire and burn hazard.
Toshiba’s own recall notice says the problem stems from a potentially faulty DC-In harness, which “in some circumstances, overheat to the point of melting the computer’s base at the location where the AC adaptor plugs into the unit.”
There is also this from Toshiba warning of the problem and possible fix:
Certain Satellite T135, T135D and Satellite Pro T130 laptop computers have been manufactured with a potentially faulty DC-In harness. These computers will have model/part numbers beginning with PST3AU, PST3BU, or PST3LU. The defective harness may, in some circumstances, overheat to the point of melting the computer’s base at the location where the AC adaptor plugs into the unit. To date there have been no reports of serious injury, but the temperature is sufficient to pose a burn hazard if specific parts of the DC-In Jack or plug are touched when they are overheated.
Toshiba is releasing a BIOS revision which will prevent the computer from overheating in this manner. To protect you from injury and your computer from damage, Toshiba strongly recommends that you update your system BIOS to version to 2.70 for the Satellite T135, 1.90 for the Satellite T135D and 2.70 for the Satellite Pro T130.
The recall is for about 41,000 T series Satellite laptop computers. If I was the owner of one of these laptops, I would contact Toshiba and see what they are offering as a replacement for the faulty AC Adapter.
Toshiba can be contacted at (800) 457-7777.